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A challenge to the NIO’s treatment of Unionists | Jamie Bryson


The NIO‘s treatment of the unionist community and the Union in recent years and months has been little short of appalling. This week at Queen’s University, Belfast, the generous and statesman-like contribution by Senator George Mitchell stands in contrast to the appalling diatribe launched by the increasingly delusional Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.


So absurd, offensive and detached from unionism was Mr Heaton-Harris’s speech that it could only have come from the Northern Ireland Office.


Following this I challenged the Minister of State, Steve Baker on the Government’s repeated lying to Unionists, and asked him to cease the waffle and instead set out for me precisely when the Government would be delivering on their express promise to restore the Acts of Union.


Mr Baker had no answer other than to distract with waffle about unionism compromising. I hope he now understands unionism will not be compromising on the Union not implementing its subjugation.


The NIO need to come to terms with the fact that, with all due respect, the unionist electorate is not found in the Whitla Hall or amongst the great and the good. Cheers and applause from non-unionists will not, for one moment, have any impact amongst the unionist community.

The Secretary of State and Mr Baker would I am sure love unionism to compromise on the Union and implement its subjugation, but unlike the self-styled ‘hardmen’ of Brexit, unionism is made of sterner stuff.

There are things beyond the scope of compromise. After 25 years of the ethos that ‘unionism must give, and nationalism must get’, enough was enough long ago. We are now asked to implement the subjugation and suspension of the Union, it is not happening. It doesn’t matter how much pressure is applied.


They ought to remember unionism withstood 30 years of the IRA brutal terrorist campaign and wouldn’t bow the knee, do they really think Heaton-Harris and Baker is going to have any impact?”

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Maurice brogan
Maurice brogan
21 kwi 2023

I would like to know Jamie's solution to brexit and maintaining the gfa. The 2 are incompatible and it was obvious some sort of compromise would be needed. The Windsor protocol is not ideal but it's the least bad option.

What jamie fails to realise when he talks of unionists having to compromise and nationalists getting all the benefit is that nationalists are not getting anything better than what unionists have they are simply being brought to the same level

Polub

19/4/23

A challenge to the NIO’s treatment of Unionists | Jamie Bryson States: "The NIO need to come to terms with the fact that, with all due respect, the unionist electorate is not found in the Whitla Hall or amongst the great and the good. Cheers and applause from non-unionists will not, for one moment, have any impact amongst the unionist community."

My Reply: While I fully agree on the general thrust of Mr Bryson's statement above, I feel I must go just a tad further, and express a more serious impact such GFA 'coat-trailing' and 'brown-nosing' applause has had on some of the PUL community with whom I frequently converse.

What must be taken into more full consideration by…

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